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An Evening Like No Other for a Shelter Like No Other

The West Virginia dogs arrive

Our 2011 Rescue Me Gala is dedicated to the League’s Disaster Rescue Fund.  With each passing year, we are called upon to take in more and more groups of animals who are escaping life-threatening situations.  Sometimes they’re displaced by natural disasters, like floods and fires. Other victims are escaping callous human neglect and abuse in the form of hoarding cases, dog fighting rings, puppy mills, and other horrors no animal should be subjected to. Either way, the animals come in tragically wounded, their bodies broken and their spirits crushed.

Last week, for instance, our colleagues from Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue in West Virginia intervened on behalf of 57 dogs and 8 cats living in a single urine-and feces-contaminated house. We took in 14 of the dogs and 6 of the cats. Earlier this year, we took in 30 dogs from another hoarding situation. This one was in Ohio and called itself a “rescue operation.”  But the dogs were barely surviving in filthy, rat-infested barns or in outdoor cages that were little more than wooden boxes.

When they arrive in D.C., severely mistreated animals like these need a lot of competent support. We give them second-to-none veterinary care at a state-of-the-art animal hospital with a staff specially trained in the best shelter medicine practices. Our behavior and training team is 100 percent professionally certified and highly skilled in reversing the effects of years of mistreatment. And our animal care staff seeks to know each animal as an individual, learn what each one’s needs are, and help them recover and thrive.

Within weeks, the animals who came in so deeply wounded in body and spirit are bounding up to greet visitors, tails wagging and eyes laughing. At the League, they find what they needed but lacked all along: loving hands, gentle voices, skillful care, and—most importantly—people who know that hidden behind the scars and the fear are wonderful pets.

I hope that those of you who share our love and compassion for animals who have fallen on hard times can join us at the Rescue Me Gala on Saturday, April 30. I can promise you a delightful evening made all the more special by the knowledge that you are supporting animals who desperately need your help as they make their way to a new and brighter future.

Please visit www.warl.org/Gala for more information and to get your tickets.